Review: Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane

Around the Writer's Block When I first read Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance
by Rosanne Bane I remember thinking setting 15 minutes on an egg timer and forcing myself to write until the buzzer went off – and doing this consistently, every day – sounded like one of the silliest pieces of advice I had ever encountered. You can imagine how sheepish I felt when, after performing this simple ritual and finding such a wonderful sense of satisfaction as I watched the words I managed to get on paper grew each day and each week. Bane’s book is packed with (seemingly) trivial tasks – but the exercises are designed to build upon each other. In time, you find yourself wondering how you could have missed the value the assigned tasks. Bane’s Around the Writer’s Block will help both new and experienced writers to focus and work productively.

Pick up a copy! I promise – it’s well worth having in your personal library. I refer to mine again and again, whenever the urge to procrastinate hits!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542871X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428717
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

In my dreams, I’m on this list – The Edgar® Awards

edgar allan poeEach year, the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe by honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in the previous year.

The 2014 Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at MWA’s 68th Gala Banquet, May 1,2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Continue reading

Review: Howdunit Forensics: A Guide for Writers by D.P. Lyle

When you are writing a murder mystery, eventually somebody is going to have to die, but unless you have a real-life back ground in forensics and an infallible memory, you are going to need some help making your murder feel authentic and believable. Enter the “Howdunit” series from Writer’s Digest Books. This set of (at last count 13) books is designed to help a writer plan, execute, and – sometimes – prosecute the crimes his characters commit. Continue reading

Review: “Torn Shapes of Desire” by Mary Anne Mohanraj


torn shapes of desireTorn Shapes of Desire was originally published in paperback by Intangible Assets Manufacturing (March 31, 1997). That first edition was produced in protest of restrictive censorship laws that were being considered at the time, among which was The Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). The CDA was the first notable attempt by the United States Congress to regulate pornographic material on the Internet. In 1997, in the landmark cyberlaw case of Reno v. ACLU, the United States Supreme Court struck the anti-indecency provisions of the Act.

Mary Anne Mohanraj was born in Sri Lanka and came to the United States as a toddler. Her classical, traditional parents did their best to raise their eldest daughter for the life they expected for her–the educated wife of a man she might meet only a couple of times before accepting him in an arranged marriage, but Mohanraj wanted a different life. While a student at the University of Chicago, a chance run-in on the early Internet with and rec.arts.erotica changed her destiny.

She found herself shocked, not by the graphic nature of the newsgroups but rather by the poor quality of the writing she found there!

Mohanraj believed she could write better erotica than she was reading. Upon receiving the praise and encouragement she had not experienced posting her non-erotic fiction on rec.arts.prose, she quickly built up a collection of short pieces of erotica.

In the Introduction to Torn Shapes of Desire, Mohanraj relates, “I write these stories as part of my own attempt to change the world. I write stories with strong consenting women, to remind people that strong women are sexy and that consent is crucial. I write stories with characters of various sexual orientations and genders, to spread a little awareness. I write stories dealing with taboo subjects. Mainly, I try to write stories with real people — people who love and hate and fear and sometimes have sex for all the wrong reasons; people who have lives and hopes and dreams beyond the immediate sex act. I’m trying to shape a healthier world…”

Torn Shapes of Desire contains forty of Mary Anne Mohanraj’s best Internet Erotica short stories and poems.

Other authors: Dale L. Larson (Photographer), Tracy Lee